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SFO Airport to Undergo $214 Million in Renovations This Summer, Some Closures Planned

The safety improvements came about after the Federal Aviation Administration surveyed airports across the country and determined more than 40 airports needed enhancements to keep up with runway safety standards.

SFO Airport. Credit: Patch archive
SFO Airport. Credit: Patch archive
By Bay City News Service:

San Francisco International Airport officials are gearing up for the upcoming four-month closure of two runways to work on federally mandated safety upgrades that are intended to help stop a plane if it overshoots a landing.

Dual runways 1L and 1R will close on May 17 and reopen in September after the runway safety improvements are completed.

The improvements came after the Federal Aviation Administration surveyed airports across the country and determined more than 40 airports needed enhancements to keep up with runway safety standards.

The project includes the construction of new zones at the end of the runway with energy-absorbing materials that can catch an aircraft’s landing gear if a plane overshoots the airstrip.

The FAA is overseeing the safety project and set a deadline for the end of 2015 for its completion. SFO officials are aiming for the airport to finish about a year ahead of that date.

The runway closures this summer are the final phase of construction at SFO that began in 2008. Improvements were already made to another set of dual runways, 28L and 28R.

The improvements are federally funded and cost about $214 million, according to airport officials.

During the closure, minor delays are expected and are anticipated to be similar to those during inclement weather, according to airport officials. The airport will have its other set of runways open and operating.


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Nick Rose March 21, 2014 at 08:57 PM
One thing that I learned from the media tour I went to on Thursday is that airports are required to have 1,000 feet of clearance at the end of the runway for a aircraft that might overrun the runway. Since the SFO airport can't build beyond there foot print there building EMAS at the end of the runways. Here are some pictures I took at the media tour of the runways on Thursday. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.711865648865622.1073741840.106626399389553&type=1
Pretty Asian... March 22, 2014 at 07:31 PM
SFO is one of the best airports in North America. Most of the time I take the Bart then get off at ... 🏡
Nick Rose March 22, 2014 at 07:57 PM
They are a great airport. Always improving there terminals and making it easy on the passengers. In a few years they will be renovating Terminal 1.

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